I love kitchen tables, dining room tables, side tables. Tables represent food and gathering to me. They represent a display of life.
When we come to the table for dinner we are normal, ordinary. Actually most people don’t sit at a dining table to eat their dinner. I know that I’m guilty of this as well. I eat on the couch or in my room when others are using the common area. Sometimes I eat sanding up around the kitchen or on the stool in the corner. I don’t take the time to come sit. To rest. To process. To build that community.
I wonder but also believe that Jesus used the table as a place that was ordinary and simple because it would be remembered. It is a task that we must do every day; we must eat and drink. It is a simple and sustaining meal; bread and drink.
I think of that night when Jesus came to table...
There were no decorations
No table cloth
No candlesticks or plates
No place cards
Heck, who knows if there was even a table
Just wine, a cup, and bread.
And people. People that were very much loved.
Hands breaking bread make up the table.
People in conversation make up the table.
Like I said, life is centered around the table; through our conversation, through our nourishment.
These are two videos, one a business plan about using what Jesus started to be a community and the other a song.